Near Collision For Jet Headed To New Bern

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A near miss at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Friday involved a jet bound for New Bern in Craven County.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

Officials say U-S Airways Express flight 2390 bound for New Bern was cleared for takeoff on runway 18L in Charlotte and started on its takeoff roll. They say that's when another plane, a single engine turboprop, was also cleared to taxi into position on that same runway.

A warning system alerted controllers to the problem, and the turboprop plane saw the jet and taxied to the side of the runway. The jet bound for New Bern stopped about 10 feet from the turboprop.

No one was hurt on either plane, and investigators are trying to figure out how this near collision happened.

Below is the report from the NTSB:

"The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a runway incursion that occurred on Friday morning at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) involving a general aviation aircraft and a regional jet airliner bound for New Bern, NC (EWN).

At about 10:17 a.m. on May 29, a PSA Airlines CRJ-200 regional jet operated as US Airways Express flight 2390, was cleared for takeoff on runway 18L. After the regional jet was into its takeoff roll, a Pilatus PC-12, a single engine turboprop aircraft, was cleared to taxi into position and hold farther down the same runway in preparation for a departure roll that was to begin at the taxiway A intersection.

After the ground-based collision warning system (ASDE-X) alerted controllers to the runway incursion, the takeoff clearance for the regional jet was cancelled.

The pilot of the PC-12, seeing the regional jet coming down the runway on a collision course, taxied the PC-12 to the side of the runway. The FAA reported that the regional jet stopped approximately 10 feet from the PC-12.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed with 9 miles visibility. There were no reported injuries to any of the 42 passengers or crew of three aboard the jet, or to any of those on the PC-12."


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  • by KG Location: Havelock on Jun 6, 2009 at 02:58 PM
    On the same day this near miss took place, another incident occured at Charlotte airport, with a flight from Miami having to abort its landing due to a similar situation. What is gong on in Charlotte?
  • by ecuRN on Jun 6, 2009 at 08:43 AM
    J, I agree with you... especially since I was on that plane! It IS a big deal, when you're going full speed ahead in preparation for takeoff and the pilot slams on the brakes. Then, you look out your window and see another plane there. SURPRISE!!! I'd say it's good to be back on the ground but hey, that's where it happened. All I can say is it was a really good save by the pilot, AND that it was the hand of God that kept our planes from colliding.
  • by J on Jun 3, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    To To Hmm Actually it is a big deal. 10 feet is not a lot of room when you are talking about a jet doing 110-140 kts (approx 120-160 mph) at the time of liftoff. Everybody was real lucky. If the Pilatus had waited a second or two longer to pull onto the runway, or if the crew of the jet ahd waited a second or two longer to abort or the controller had taken a second or two longer to cancel the jet's takeoff clearance this could have been REAL ugly. The controller will probably be found at fault but the pilot of the Pilatus is just as much to blame as the controller because he should have visually cleard the runway before he pulled onto it. Yes it is a controllers job to handle take off and landings and maintain seperation of aircraft while doing this, pilots have the same duty because the pilot is the final authority for the operation of that flight, not the controller, not the airline, the pilot.
  • by To Hmmm on Jun 2, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    This things happens quite frequently at many larger airports. Sometimes it makes the news, other times it doesn't. It really isn't that big of a deal because of the warning system that is in place.
  • by Hmmm on Jun 2, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    Didn't this same thing happen not too long ago at Charlotte airport?
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